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Today Rainbow Bridge Music Studio is featuring

Nicole Joy Ledina.


Nicole Joy Ledina

During Summer 2016 Nicole Ledina was a music therapy volunteer at Rainbow Bridge Music Studio. Nicole is a Music and Psychology double major at Irvine Valley College. Becoming a music therapist was always Nicole’s dream. She says, “I am consistently amazed at how music provides real comfort, hope, and healing for the people and their families as they go through a difficult time in their lives. I believe it is undeniable that certain music interventions have positive effects on people.”

Nicole was fueling her passion by leading members of the “Music To Heal” club that she founded at Irvine Valley College for the purpose of providing music performances and lifting up the spirits of those in local healthcare facilities. Nicole interned in Dr. Iversen and Dr. Makeig’s music and brain research lab at UCSD, attended music research conferences organized by the UC Music Experience Research Community Initiative (UC MERCI), and International Conference of Music Perception (ICMPC).

Nicole presented her own research study titled “Drumming to a New Beat: The Effect of Neurological Music Therapy Treatment on People with Dementia” at the annual IVC/SC Student Research Symposium, at the Honors Transfer Council of California (HTCC) Research Conference, and at the Western Psychological Association (WPA) Convention. The study that Nicole presented was based on clinical music therapy work done at Rainbow Bridge Music Studio.

Nicole and her research poster at the Western Psychological Association (WPA) Convention. Rainbow Bridge Music Studio logo is visible on her poster.

We are delighted to send our CONGRATULATIONS to Nicole because she has been accepted to Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. There she has been selected to participate in their First Year Abroad program in Valencia, Spain. “I hope to use the knowledge that I will obtain through higher education and first-hand experience in the industry to enhance the existing and create some new music therapy treatments, as well as advance the current research in the fields of psychology, cognitive science, and music,” says Nicole.

And, we are saying bon voyage to Nicole as she is starting her studies in Spain in the Fall 2017.

Music to Heal club (IVC), Nicole Ledina, Olga Samsonova-Jellison and Kevin Jellison at the first ever event organized by California Association for Music Therapy (CAAMT). Olga Samsonova- Jellison is VP of CAAMT. The event took place at Fields Pianos—Home of Steinway, Santa Ana, CA.